As well as their usual busy summer Seisiún season, Youghal’s CeoltaSí have also added a major fundraising campaign to their to-do list. Since the establishment of the Brú na Sí Cultural Centre in 2014, it became evident early on that an expansion of the building, to keep in line with the popularity and growth in member numbers, was necessary. The Youghal Comhaltas Branch was obliged to build a new road and parking facilities to accommodate both members and visitors alike, and now it’s time to focus on the building itself. The expansion plans are already advanced in the planning stage, with permission granted, e-tender sent out and a builder selected. €160,000 is needed to complete the vital improvements and a campaign to raise funds has begun in earnest.
Youghal Comhaltas has long been recognised and praised for its contribution to Irish music and culture, locally, regionally and nationally. Dr. Dáithí Kearny’s article on Traditional Music in the East Cork Visitor Guide acknowledges that very fact. Over the years, Brú na Sí members have represented Youghal and Ireland in international cultural exchanges and performances. They are worthy recipients of the many accolades they have received over the years for their involvement in the education and training of generations of Irish musicians, and the promotion of that talent in Youghal and surrounding area.
Their packed Summer Tostal of events and activities this year are all to help raise funds to achieve the planned expansion. However, your support at these events is crucial. There is also a fantastic draw with a 1st Prize of €5,000 – it could be yours- and raffle tickets cost just €5. The first event, Cruinniún an Óg, takes place at the Mall Arts Centre on Saturday, June 23. Cruinniún an Óg is part of the National Creative Ireland Programme for young people and will feature the undeniable talents of the local Youghal Branch.
Watch out in further issues of The East Cork Journal for details of all Ceolta Sí Summer activities.